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'Eloise doesn't speak, but can she see into the past? An exciting and atmospheric mystery, poignant and gripping, exploring themes of family, friendship and grief.

'Something flickered at the top of the stairs. Eloise heard a voice call, I'm coming!, and a girl in a pale dress and a big sunhat came running, her fingertips slipping down the curve of the slim iron railing. Eloise went cold all over. She couldn't move, or breathe; her mouth was dry. At the bottom of the steps, the girl in the pale dress faltered, then stopped. For a fraction of a second she stood motionless, as if she were listening. Then all at once she turned and stared straight at Eloise. And suddenly the foyer was empty. The ghostly girl was gone.

When Eloise's get-rich-quick dad moves them back to his home town to turn the derelict family mansion into a convention center, Eloise feels an immediate bond with the old house. She begins spending all her time there, ignoring her strange grandmother and avoiding the friendly boy next door. Then Eloise meets a "ghost girl" who may or may not be from the house's past, and events take a strange—and ultimately dangerous—turn. Beautifully written, poignant, and gripping, this is a charming and atmospheric story of personal growth, overcoming grief, and the true nature of friendship and family. ' (Publication summary)

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Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Crows Nest, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Allen and Unwin , 2009 .
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      Extent: 187p.
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      • Published May 2009
      ISBN: 9781741758283 (pbk.)

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Slipping back through Time : Discovering Time-Slip Fiction Jenny Sandercombe , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking about Books for Children , May vol. 27 no. 2 2012; (p. 8-11)
Under Age 2010 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 10 January 2010; (p. 17)

— Review of Pink Lili Wilkinson , 2009 single work novel ; Cicada Summer Kate Constable , 2009 single work children's fiction
Untitled Julie Long , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: Reading Time : The Journal of The Children's Book Council of Australia , August vol. 53 no. 3 2009; (p. 34-35)

— Review of Cicada Summer Kate Constable , 2009 single work children's fiction
[Untitled] Margaret Robson Kett , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , May vol. 24 no. 2 2009; (p. 35)

— Review of Cicada Summer Kate Constable , 2009 single work children's fiction
Untitled Jenny Sharp , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: Buzz Words , 1 July no. 63 2009; (p. 39-40)

— Review of Cicada Summer Kate Constable , 2009 single work children's fiction
Untitled Elizabeth Riley , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: Bookseller + Publisher Magazine , April vol. 88 no. 7 2009; (p. 32)

— Review of Cicada Summer Kate Constable , 2009 single work children's fiction
Untitled Jane Barry , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 20 - 21 June 2009; (p. 23)

— Review of Cicada Summer Kate Constable , 2009 single work children's fiction
Untitled Jenny Sharp , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: Buzz Words , 1 July no. 63 2009; (p. 39-40)

— Review of Cicada Summer Kate Constable , 2009 single work children's fiction
[Untitled] Margaret Robson Kett , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , May vol. 24 no. 2 2009; (p. 35)

— Review of Cicada Summer Kate Constable , 2009 single work children's fiction
Untitled Julie Long , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: Reading Time : The Journal of The Children's Book Council of Australia , August vol. 53 no. 3 2009; (p. 34-35)

— Review of Cicada Summer Kate Constable , 2009 single work children's fiction
Slipping back through Time : Discovering Time-Slip Fiction Jenny Sandercombe , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking about Books for Children , May vol. 27 no. 2 2012; (p. 8-11)
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